By Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2020

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces police officer has been arrested or allegedly driving while under the influence.

The Las Cruces News-Sun reported Monday that 25-year-old Lourdes Hernandez has been released on her own recognizance.

New Mexico State Police say Hernandez was stopped by troopers on Interstate 25 early Saturday for going nearly 20 mph above the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.

According to authorities, Hernandez showed signs of impairment. She identified herself as a police officer and said that she had her on-duty firearm with her.

Hernandez then refused to take a Breathalyzer test. She was booked on charges of aggravated drunk driving, speeding and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

It was not immediately known Monday if she had an attorney.

Hernandez, who has been a patrol officer with the department since June 2018, is on administrative leave, Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said.

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